Responding to the Government’s call for contributions to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Truong Hai Auto Corporation (Thaco) has contributed more than VND924 billion since early this year. While the huge amount matters, the mind and heart that Thaco has put to the fight against the pandemic is even more worthwhile, so to say.
In fact, the donation worth nearly VND1 trillion cannot show all the contributions by the automaker to the community. Aware of the enormous impact of the pandemic on the country, Thaco, which has embraced corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of its business philosophy, has found creative ways to help with the Covid-19 fight.
Apart from meals as well as essential products donated to frontline medical workers, and financial contribution to the Covid-19 vaccine fund, Thaco has handed over special-use vehicles to facilitate the pandemic fight.
In mid-July, Thaco presented 126 special-use vehicles for the transport of Covid-19 vaccines and to serve as mobile testing and vaccination stations. These vehicles have been designed in a peculiar way, with the wings on the two sides serving as the roof for the mobile station when opened up, while the cargo hold is turned into a mini clinic with full amenities for patients’ health checks and inoculation. The vehicles, according to doctors, are convenient and can perfectly serve the anti-Covid purposes.
A Thaco representative said that upon the Government’s call for enterprises to join the fight against Covid, the company had designed and manufactured the vehicles within only two weeks to introduce them at a ceremony to launch the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
The vehicles were assembled at the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone in Quang Nam Province with a localization rate of over 50%. They have been distributed locally and exported to other ASEAN countries, including Thailand and the Philippines, under the Japanese brand Mitsubishi Fuso.
Test kits for hard-hit localities
Besides these vehicles, Thaco has over the past few months accompanied many localities in the fight against the pandemic. Specifically, it has presented up to two million Covid-19 test kits to localities hit hard by the pandemic. These include 200,000 test kits each to Can Tho and Long An, 150,000 to Binh Duong, 100,000 each to Ben Tre and Vinh Long, and 50,000 each to Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Tay Ninh, Kien Giang, An Giang, Gia Lai, Daklak and Binh Dinh.
In addition, Thaco has presented 500,000 test kits worth VND85 billion, 30 ambulances worth VND36 billion and 25 mobile vaccination vehicles valued at VND10 billion to HCMC to support the city to win over the pandemic. The corporation has also donated 200,000 test kits and four ventilators to Dong Nai Province.
These localities have been adversely affected by the pandemic, so Thaco wanted to help them enhance testing and contact tracing, said a representative of Thaco.
Thaco Chairman Tran Ba Duong said the corporation committed to continuously supporting the pandemic fight in cities and provinces nationwide while employing strict anti-pandemic measures throughout its offices to maintain its production and business activities.
Chairman Duong said by joining the fight against Covid-19 to assist the country in bringing the pandemic under control, Thaco hopes to ensure jobs for over 55,000 employees, including 25,000 laborers in Vietnam and 30,000 others in Laos and Cambodia.
From a leading automaker in Vietnam, Thaco has developed into a firm specializing in many key economic sectors of the country, such as auto mechanics, agriculture, construction, logistics and trade-services. The group expects to contribute a minimum of VND25 trillion to the State budget this year.
Thaco will continue accompanying and supporting the country within its capability and trying to adapt to the situation to keep up its business operation. The corporation is always aware of its responsibility to the community and has participated in multiple social welfare activities, Chairman Duong added.